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What Do You Enjoy About Aging?

Kymberly Williams-Evans, MA

Active Aging Superstar

Do you like the phrase “Aging Gracefully?” Personally, I am over it. While 19 years of dance lessons gave me some gracefulness, I am more the sporty sort anyway.  Whichever phrase you use relative to aging on your own terms, More Magazine recently took a poll of its readers – women ages 35-70ish – asking what we know about aging gracefully. As you know, my sister and I prefer to advocate for Aging Actively.

Are you an Active Aging Superstar?

Do you have suggestions or success stories for making the most of your second half of life? Do you agree with the list below of the –

Top Three Things midlife women love about being “older?”

The one that most reflects me is #2: having greater confidence. Yup. As Julie Andrews sings as Maria in the Sound of Music, “I Have Confidence in Sunshine; I Have Confidence in Rain; …. Besides Which You See, I Have Confidence in Meeeeeeeee.”

 

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Greater Confidence

 

Hard-won wisdom

Women shared other positive interesting tidbits in the More Magazine survey. How do you answer?

Do you look younger than other women your age?

Apparently 86% of women over 50 believe they appear younger than their years.  Gotta love that confidence (back to #2 above).

Have you ever lied about your age?

A resounding 83% of respondents said “no.” But how do we know they are telling the truth? Aha haha Cracking myself up here.

What have you done in the past 10 years to look or feel younger or to minimize aging effects? Do these Top 4 reasons, in reverse order, reflect or surprise you?

4. Did you increase your workouts like 64% of More readers? As a fitness professional, I was happy to see so many midlife women turning to exercise as the ultimate youthenizer.
3. Perhaps you wore sunscreen more often, in common with another 64%.
2. Moving up the scale of actions women over 50 took in the past decade, we come to 70% coloring their hair (I call it “returning to my roots.” If I colored my hair, I mean…….)
1. In the top spot, 74% of women shifted to a healthier diet. You too?

 

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Take a look at “Why It’s Great to Be a Boomer” to see whether your reasons are on that list. Also, if you agreed above that you look younger than your years, do you have more energy than 20 or 30 year olds? Can you get to that energy level? Click on our post, “Can a 55 Year Old Have More Energy than a 20 Year Old?” to take a look.

Readers: What song reflects your state of mind or personality?

What makes you an Active Aging Superstar?

Photo Credits: The tree and Buddha photos were taken by our friends from Hamburg, Andy and George. All others are mine.

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18 Responses to What Do You Enjoy About Aging?

  1. Andrea@WellnessNotes August 21, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    Interesting questions!

    I “feel younger” than I am most days, but I also know that I have to do certain things to feel this way (daily long walks and hikes, weights, yoga, etc). If I don’t do these things, I can easily feel my age, especially when my lower back starts acting up.

    I think these days most people around 50 look a lot younger than what I think 50 looks like… So I’m not sure we all really look that much younger… :)
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    • Kymberlyfunfit August 24, 2014 at 11:07 am #

      While I may or may not look younger than other women my age, I have convinced myself that our generation looks younger at 50+ than our parents’ generation. Hmmm, though my mom looks pretty darn spiffy at 84. And I totally agree that being active makes us feel younger!
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  2. Donna Highfill August 22, 2014 at 7:22 am #

    I have to admit that how young I feel depends on how naked I am . . . but, most days, I’m doing pretty well. The spirit doesn’t really age, does it? I have to admit that when I did hot yoga for a while I felt pretty feisty once I got myself off the floor, but I stopped because of the amount of time it took. Now Jillian Michaels and I are doing the Yoga Meltdown each day, and it’s helping.

    Enjoyed this!

    • Kymberlyfunfit August 24, 2014 at 11:08 am #

      That Jillian is such a Donna Wanna Be! So I think you are saying you feel younger the more you strip down, right!!?? Off to Meltdown now!
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  3. Pam@over50feeling40 August 22, 2014 at 7:30 am #

    I am eating and exercising better than when I was younger, but what I believe helps me the most to really love this time of life is living it with passion and purpose. I realize that life is short…even if we live until 106…it is short and goes quickly, so I want to accomplish alot…leave a legacy…savor the moments…and not waste time…This keeps my mind young and active. I have to remind myself I am 61 because I do not feel it and do not believe I look it. There is so much yet to do!
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    • Kymberlyfunfit August 24, 2014 at 11:11 am #

      Oooh, what is your passion/purpose bucket list as I am already feeling energized by your comment. So little time to take advantage of life! I find it hard to both savor moments and not waste time. With age I am doing better on the former.
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  4. Carol Cassara August 22, 2014 at 7:35 am #

    For me, it’s all about the wisdom gained. I like knowing what I know now.
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  5. Kathy @ SMART Living 365.com August 22, 2014 at 8:00 am #

    Hi Kymberly! I love reading MORE Magazine and this survey is a good reason. And yes, isn’t it hilarious about how we ALL (well at least 85% of us!) feel (or think we look) younger than our age? And I too have embraced more and more of the Top Four Activities you list–but I actually have been doing them for longer than 10 years and have just increased them as time goes by. Plus, I don’t necessarily do them because I think I can stop aging…I do them because I believe they make me healthier.

    I am most interested in staying energetic and healthy no matter what my age. Thanks for an interesting post! `Kathy

  6. Janie Emaus August 22, 2014 at 8:34 am #

    I love getting older! Except for the non stop hot flashes.

  7. Haralee August 22, 2014 at 8:44 am #

    I like how you phrase ‘confidence’ in women who think they look younger than their age, I call it denial! It cracks me up !

  8. Carol Graham August 22, 2014 at 11:46 am #

    Fun post on how we see ourselves. Sometimes when I look in the mirror, I see my older sister or my mom and wonder where the years went! But then I look at my lifestyle and most people 10, 20 and even 30 years younger cannot begin to keep up. I get busier every day and took on new ventures when I turned 65. I have 3 full time businesses plus travel on speaking tours and book tours. I see no reason to slow down or stop, as many of my colleagues look forward to retirement. I look forward to getting busier which keeps me younger. I always read about how important sleep is — I sleep as little as possible and am never tired. No grey hair, not even one. No meds, not even one. Point is — I think attitude plays a major role – do you?

  9. Jody - Fit at 56 August 22, 2014 at 4:42 pm #

    As you know I don’t age gracefully – meaning I fight it all the way! :)
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  10. Debbie @ Live from La Quinta August 22, 2014 at 5:22 pm #

    So many of the things on the list of what women have done to stay feeling younger I actually started years ago and have continued to do so. Exercise, check. Healthy eating, vegan here..check. Sunscreen, yes, this fair skinned blondie, check. And hair coloring. Yes, even that was started long, long ago.

    It is true, the confidence aspect. Much more comfortable and confident about myself now. And I could only dream of having more time. Ha!

  11. Tooba Faheem August 22, 2014 at 10:44 pm #

    Looking at this survey from a younger perspective is uplifting to say the least. In this day and age, I have also observed that older women do appear to be aging more gracefully than women did when I was a child. Hearing someone say they are 50 years old does not have the same connotations as it did 20 years ago.

    Well I would say that the tips listed in the survey are very helpful and it is reassuring to approach older age equipped with this advice.

  12. Lucille Short September 23, 2014 at 5:14 am #

    I find that growing old can be rewarding a challenging at times. It feels so much better to be able to move forward past all the growing pains both physically and spiritually. But it makes you realise you know that it gives you so much perspective into a lot of things and it makes you appreciate life more than when you were younger.

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